Dear Reader, welcome to the Takamagahara Monogatari.
This series is a collection of stories set in medieval Japan, in the Nara (AD 710 to 794) and Heian (AD 794 to 1185) eras.
I wrote the stories as “historical fantasy,” with influences from Japanese mythology and folklore, and combined them with my love for BL and Yaoi. That means the Takamagahara Monogatari series depicts love stories between two men. However, none of these love stories are written as “romance,” so beware.
Shinigami is the second in the series. It is set almost three hundred years before the events in Kogitsune—the first story—published in October 2018.
Kogitsune is about a young fox god (called a kitsune in Japanese mythology) and his childhood friend, and it’s a retelling of Kokaji, a famous Noh play.
I strongly recommend you read Kogitsune first. The little kitsune’s story may take place in the future but it will not spoil Shinigami. If you decide to read Shinigami first, it will contain spoilers for Kogitsune.
Hope you enjoy Shinigami.
Content warnings for murder, death, slavery, abduction, abandonment, human trafficking, mention of a plague, self-harm, depression, child abuse, fixed marriages, and incest.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
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This book is dedicated to my otaku family, my fujoshi sisters, my fudanshi brothers, and my non-binary siblings from the otaku world.